Book Review: Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Perhaps the most unsettling thing about Little Deaths by Emma Flint is reading it and knowing that it’s based on true events. Over 50 years ago in 1965, Alice Crimmins’s children disappeared and died, Alice the prime suspect. What happened next is a spoiler for Emma Flint’s debut novel, but irrespective of whether you’re familiar with the Alice Crimmins case or ...

Fionn McCabe & Ben Juers on the Australian comic scene

Fionn McCabe has run workshops and classes on collaborative art making in the USA, most notably at the Visual Art Institute in Salt Lake City, and the Indian Mountain School in Connecticut. As well as co-teaching a handful of comics and storytelling workshops this summer, he also works as a tutor/demonstrator in the visual communications department at UTS. Ben Juers is ...

Book Review: The Lost Pages by Marija Peričić

The Lost Pages is an exploration of the complicated relationship between Franz Kafka, author of novels such as The Metamorphosis and The Trial, and his literary executor, Max Brod. Their friendship is an unusual one, and the book examines Brod’s sense of self in relation to Kafka where in early twentieth century Bohemia, he is charged with both taking care ...

Spotlight On: Andrew Christie

This July’s Spotlight On features Andrew Christie, self-published author of Left Luggage and Tunnel Vision, the first two books in the John Lawrence crime thriller series. Andrew grew up in Sydney, playing in the bush when it was sunny and watching far too much television when it wasn’t. According to Andrew, that’s probably why his first job was as a stagehand ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Portia Lindsay

This July, our First Friday Club featured Portia Lindsay, General Manager of the Mudgee Readers’ Festival and Communications Officer for Orana Arts, the Arts Board for the Orana region. In pursuing her deep passion for regional arts development, she is striving to uncover budding talents and ‘… get those emerging voices out there’. Having gone from selling books to taking charge ...

Walter Mason on meditation and spreading smiles

Walter Mason is a travel writer and blogger, and the author of Destination Saigon and Destination Cambodia.  He has trained in meditation traditions in Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia and Vietnam, and teaches courses in Buddhist cultural history and the spiritual traditions of Vietnam. How do mindfulness and meditation support your creative writing practice? It definitely helps make me more aware of the world ...

Book Review: Indelible by Adelia Saunders

There is a lot of praise for this debut novel by Adelia Saunders and they’re not wrong. Indelible is an interesting journey into the lives of its three main characters. Magdalena has a strange gift: she can read a person’s past, present, and future by the writings on their skin only she can see. Because of this, Magdalena decided long ago ...

Writing On Our Calendar: July 2017

There are a few festivals taking place around NSW this July, starting with the NSWWC’s own Speculative Fiction Festival happening on the 22nd of this month. If you live further out from Sydney, you might want to check out the Southern Highlands Writers’ Festival in Bowral and all the panels taking place there, with more specific details included down below. 4 ...

Kerryn Goldsworthy on writing memorable short stories

Kerryn Goldsworthy is a freelance writer and critic who lectured in literature at the University of Melbourne for 17 years, specialising in creative writing and Australian literature and teaching courses on the short story. She has published a collection of short stories, North of the Moonlight Sonata, and has edited four anthologies of Australian short fiction. Her own short stories ...

What We’re Reading: June 2017

Each month the NSW Writers’ Centre staff share what we’ve been reading. This month we've been inspired by authors who appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival, with Ivan Coyote's Tomboy Survival Guide and Julie Koh's Portable Curiosities. We've read Australian works including Heather Rose's Museum of Modern Love, Kate Cole-Adams' Anaesthesia, and Cory Taylor's Dying: a memoir. We've read some ...

Leah Kaminsky on writing the body

Leah Kaminsky is a physician and award-winning writer. Her debut novel, The Waiting Room, won the prestigious Voss Literary Prize. She is poetry and fiction editor at the Medical Journal of Australia. Her book We're all Going to Die has been described as 'a joyful book about death'. Visit leahkaminsky.com. Which came first: the writer or the physician? In grade 2 we ...

Spotlight On: Shelly Unwin

Shelly Unwin, an up-and-coming children’s book author, is our feature writer for this month’s Spotlight On. Shelly grew up in England surrounded by animals and a feisty palomino pony. She was the middle child of three and had eleven foster siblings (though not all at the same time!). At university, she studied teaching and biology, and she moved to Australia ...

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